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June 10, 2010 — Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Worker Protection MOU

Dear Congressional Staff:

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Homeland Security to protect worker health and safety related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico.

The MOU solidifies the close working relationship between the Coast Guard and OSHA, and establishes a specific mechanism for OSHA's coordination with the Deepwater Horizon Federal on Scene Coordinator (FOCS).

“We are actively collaborating with the FOSC and the Coast Guard to ensure the protection of workers involved in the oil spill cleanup. OSHA staff is on
the ground proactively monitoring worker safety and health. Our staff is on the beaches, at the staging areas and on the boats to make sure BP is protecting
clean up workers from safety and health hazards.”

-- Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OSHA has the authority to conduct safety and health inspections to ensure workers are being protected and to determine if the worksite is in compliance with safety and health standards and regulations promulgated under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The MOU provides the means for OSHA to notify the FOSC when it intends to take enforcement action against BP, BP's contractors, or any other employer engaged in response activities.

To download a copy of the MOU, go to: For more information please contact Janna Bergquist in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 693-4600 or at